Hannibal Season 4 Looking Unlikely Suggests Hugh Dancy


As it seems, Hannibal Season 4 might not actually happen, that is what Hugh Dancy suggests. The news comes from Collider (via Screen Rant) sharing Dancy’s acceptance that Season 4 might just not see its course served.

Hannibal is a television series featuring the fictional killer Hannibal Lecter starring Mads Mikkelsen. Opposite the titular role is Dancy’s FBI special investigator Will Graham.

It is the series that Bryan Fuller developed for NBC adapting characters and story elements of author Thomas Harris’ novels Red Dragon, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. The series aired its first season in 2013. Season 3 premiered in 2015, which was also the year when NBC cancelled it for the following seasons due to low viewership.

Throughout its run and even now, it has steadily grown its cult following as one of the greatest television series, especially for the horror, psychological and crime genres. In fact, we also featured that last August, a petition for Season 4 reached 25K signatures from fans and followers.

Hannibal Season 4 Might Just Not Happen because it’s just too expensive

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Despite the unrelenting clamour for the fourth season, which was in a position to show Lecter and Graham working together for their new ‘designs’, it still hasn’t received its green light. Something that isn’t surprising for Dancy.

In the interview, he shares the reasons he thinks are behind this:

I’m not exactly surprised because essentially, first and foremost, somebody has to write a fairly sizable check. I’m not talking about me being paid. I’m talking about the cost of making a season of television.

Understandably, a season of Hannibal requires a substantial budget. For a while, the competition of streaming services seemed to offer an alternative. But Dancy continues:

For a while, it seemed like the streamers were gonna be everybody’s savior, in that respect, but now there’s been a cutoff there. There are shows that are watched by millions of people that don’t make it past a second season. So, I have no idea what that calculation is.

We don’t blame him for thinking that Hannibal Season 4 is not happening even for streaming. While there are series that found their way to at least finish their run in streaming, there are also those that didn’t even get to warm up their storyline for a second season.

Indeed, that calculation is a mystery even for subscribers and viewers. But, the fact of the matter is, some series just get hurt because of so many varied causes.

The series that Bryan Fuller created featuring Hannibal Lecter is also one of the most pirated titles online. Sometimes it could also mean that a series is just too good for its own good.

Hannibal Season 4 Still Without A Greenlight According To Hugh Dancy


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However, the series creator hasn’t given up on the notion that it could still happen. Currently streaming on Netflix, there is still that possibility that they could pick it up the way they did with Manifest.

Also, the two leads of the series, Dancy and Mikkelsen, are welcoming the fourth season if it ever happens. Fuller said:

We are ready and willing to go. I talk to Mads Mikkelsen fairly regularly and Hugh Dancy fairly regularly, so they’re both dying to come back and you know, it’s not just about the murder husbands, it’s about the murder wives.

As it is also not a secret that the showrunner already has a storyline for the fourth season, they really are just waiting. This is also one of the main reasons why fans whom they affectionately call ‘Fannibals’ are rooting for it to happen as well. Fuller declares:

Katharine Isabelle and Caroline Dhavernas are just as big in the story of season 4 as Hannibal and Will. So, I hope we get the chance to do it. I’m not looking at my watch because I figure we’ll pick up the story whenever we do and I haven’t given up hope.

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